Augie Duke, thanks for taking this interview. A talented actress known as the “It Girl of the Indies”, Augie Duke has appeared in numerous films, TV shows and shorts spanning the last decade. She starred in many horror features including the much-loved Bad Kids Go To Hell, The Badger Game and Spring. Augie played Joan Jett in the Amazon Original series “Red Oaks”. She also played Steve McQueen’s wife Neile Adams in Chasing Bullitt. She won Best Actress for the feature Burning Kentucky at the Mammoth Film Festival. https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2943385/
Augie recently earned rave reviews for playing lead in Angelica Zollo’s feature Trauma is a Time Machine. LA Times wrote “Zollo, and her daring lead actress, Duke, create a courageously personal, experimental piece, tapping into a raw emotional state not often rendered on the screen with such depth and intelligence.”
“Most of my readers will not know you”. Can you please tell the story of how you got into acting and where you are currently at?”
When I was kid I had a huge imagination and would always play make believe in my bedroom—coming up with elaborate stories. Eventually, I joined a local theatre in my home town in Los Angeles. I guess you can say the bug for acting came early. :)
“Ms. Duke, 645 Movie Can you talk about the film and where people can view it?”
Yes, 6:45 just played exclusively at Regal Cinemas around the world which, was so humbling to see. The movie is having its film festival run right now, and will see a release at some point this year .
“Ms. Duke, can you tell us that one story you wish everyone knew about yourself?” “ You know the one that if you had to introduce yourself to people that story?”
Good question! Well, I always try to see the best in people. I am also pretty damn sensitive inside. People tend to perhaps think I am an extrovert but really I’m smack in the middle . I love my alone couch potato time ….
“Ms. Duke, you are filming Breathing Happy , Bloodstock and a number of other films.”
I am incredibly proud of the recent films I have recently wrapped . Just finished filming ‘Sincerely Saul’, which was a blast. ‘Breathing Happy’ makes my heart sing, and ‘Bloodstock’ was literally blood sweat, tears, and pure passion. So so proud of each one.
“Ms. Duke, you are in entertainment. What part of the business do you like the most? “
The collaboration between the entire team on a film set. It really does take a village. I have so much respect for every department on set .
“Ms. Duke, what genre of movies are you into or would you say you want to be a part of?” “ What scripts or movies do you have a desire to read or produce or perform in you?”
The truth is I love all genre’s, and I have been fortunate to do a lot of different ones. My hope is to get some mind blowing scripts my way with strong female characters to either act in or direct .
“Ms. Duke, during this time of lockdown these interviews are to help people find new books, movies, etc to look into.”
What has been your entertainment or what books/movies would you suggest . This is me plugging, and also being extremely honest—one my my very talented brothers, Max Barrie, passed away last year. He was an extraordinary writer. My parents published his book with all his non fiction stories. You can get one at Diesel in Brentwood, Book Soup on Sunset in West Hollywood, and Skylight Book in East Los Angeles .
Ms. Duke, please tell my reader about each of your movies and provide links to the movies you are in. Yes absolutely
Ms. Duke, the classic question: what charity do you support? Can you provide a link to it and explain your reason for supporting that charity?
I am a huge animal freak, and support so many no kill shelters and rescue places. To name a few: Maedayrescue, Animal Hope and Wellness, Loveleorescue , Aceofheartdogrescue, Carerescuela, Marleysmutts, Fureverfreed, Saving Carson Shelter Dogs, The Labelle Foundation…the list goes on.
“Ms. Duke, what is your dream project? “
My dream project in my career at this point would be landing a tv show as a regular or recurring, with a strong empowered message behind it. Something that will make the audience watching question and leave them wanting more answers.